Apr. 4th, 2005 12:33 pm
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So, after a rocky start to the day, I got a message from Mom that a ewe had delivered one baby, but the second was stuck in utero with a dystocia. I got permission and went home to help.

We delivered the baby sans problem (Mom is a pretty amazing sheep midwife), and Byreena and Georgina are doing well. They are named for my Dad, Byron, (who is himself named after George Gordon, Lord Byron), because it is his birthday, too. :D

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And I've also inlcuded a picture of Leapin' Lulu and her sister and Mom, the ones who were born a few days ago. Leapin' Lulu earned her name this morning when she jumped off the scale -- which is about 3 feet off the ground. She is fine. :D.

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Apr. 1st, 2005 07:25 am
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Pictures of the twin girls who were born yesterday behind the cut. cuteness )

Mom and babies are doing fine. We put the tail bands on and did ear tags late yesterday afternoon, which is always a bit traumatic. And both girls have entropian (turned in eyelids) on both eyes, so we had to take a stitch to ensure the eyelid doesn't stay turned in and cause ulceration and blindness. Which is traumatic, but if you do it day one, they bounce back quickly, and it is MUCH better than the alternative. Both girls were bouncing around the stall after all the medical attention, so they were fine!

The mom is a bit traumatized, but managing. And, when we trimmed up the wool around her teats, so that the babies didn't suck on wool instead of the milk giving teats, we found out that she has two teats on each side!! BIZZARRE!!!

And given that there are lambs, and that I want to take Joey up to the trainers this weekend, and given that I also picked up a housesitting gig at the last minute, I shan't be going to Vancouver after all. Which is for the best, I think. And my friend from university totally understands. Hopefully, we'll connect this summer.

EtaBtw, 165 was 4.7 lbs and 166 was 5.2 lbs!


Mar. 31st, 2005 02:35 pm
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Mom just called. We have twin lambs, "black as the ace of spades" *SQUEE*

I have one thing to finish at work and then I am RUNNING home to see them. *SQUEE*
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Happy Birthday, Dad!!

Oh, also, two more lambies on the ground at 7 AM this morning. A very cute boy and girl. SO that is it for new lambs for about 6 weeks. Now we are on full out foal watch -- even though she isn't due for a few days yet ;).


Mar. 26th, 2004 10:02 am
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Our first lamb was born last night. She is BEEEYOOOTIFUl!! A lovely little black lamb ewe.

When I was putting the pregnant ewes in the stall for the night we have a close circuit camera in the stall to monitor them through the night. VERY nice thing to have around 8PM, one of the ewes, a first time mom, would not come in. I had a hunch something was up. Mom went out to check on things about an hour later, and a little lamb was up and at 'em. She is fiesty. And MOUTHY. And SOOOOO cute. There is no better sound in the world than a lamb calling to its mom, and its mom nickering back with this quiet, low throated baah! But THE. CUTEST. THING. EVER. was when we were giving the lamb a syringe of colostrum: we like to milk off the ewe and give the baby 50cc of colostrum to ensure that they get some. It also seems to give them a kick start. I am gently giving her the colostrum, and she keeps baahing to her mom, with a mouthful of milk. It sound like: *baaaaaurgle* *baaaaaurgle* /*gush*

For a first time Mom, 111 is excellent. Her Mom, 35, is also expecting, and figured she should just take her grandchild. But 111 wasn't having that. :D


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